Owner/Head Coach Nate Andreu got his start in CrossFit more than seven years ago. At the time, he was working full-time as an engineer, but when he began coaching part-time, he instantly fell in love with helping other people. “I eventually came to the realization that my day job was not what I wanted to do long term and decided to pursue a career in CrossFit,” he says. “From there, I devoted all my time and energy to educating myself and started down the path of ownership. Easily the best decision I’ve ever made.”
As a member, you’re in good hands with Nate. “I’m extremely passionate about our client’s experience,” he says. “It’s my goal to make your time here the best hour of your day.” He loves seeing the impact CrossFit has on members’ lives. “I never get tired of hearing them talk about how much better they feel or how it totally changed their lives. It’s the reason I do what I do.”
Owner/Manager Linda La specializes in event planning and is passionate about the social aspects of CrossFit. She had “literally no athletic background whatsoever prior to starting CrossFit five years ago,” she says. “And I’m an open book. What you see is what you get.”
Head of Security Stewart Andreu has been CrossFitting for seven years. Stewart specializes in barking at everyone that walks through the door regardless of how many times he’s met them, sun bathing on the deck, and licking sweaty athletes after the workout. His biggest accomplishment is once taking on a goat and a Rottweiler in a fight at the same time. Stewart’s favorite quote is “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight. It’s the size of the fight in the dog.”
Yoga Instructor Cheree Blacker started CrossFitting six years ago because her husband was obsessed, and she had to see what it was all about. “I loved my first class and quickly became a regular,” she says. “The more exposure I had to CrossFit, the more I realized that these athletes need to stretch more than anyone!”
The thing that excites her the most is when people step outside of their comfort zone. “I know many CrossFitters think ‘I can’t do yoga because I’m not flexible,’” she says. “Well, that’s like saying ‘I can’t do CrossFit because I can’t do a pull-up or double under.’ It’s just not true.”
When Cheree isn’t in the gym, you can find her taking care of her “two little firecrackers, Everett & Alexandra, who keep me busy, busy, busy … and tired,” she says.
Coach Tyler Johnson has been CrossFitting for five years, and quality of movement is his passion. “I’m much more impressed with intensity over volume,” he says. “I’m also passionate about trying to be the best version of me that I can be. No matter what I’m doing, I’m all in.”
Tyler has always been interested in teaching, and when his Naval goals didn’t pan out, he came home and earned his Level 1 to gain more knowledge about the CrossFit methodology. His gym needed a part-time coach, so he took the position and has been coaching ever since.
“I love CFED and the athletes’ willingness to genuinely try to improve themselves on a daily basis,” he says. “People check their egos at the door when they come in. Fitness is a progression for everyone, and even though some are more advanced than others, we are all on equal ground at the gym.”
Coach Tolga Keskiner has been CrossFitting for an impressive seven years and is passionate about constantly learning new ways to better himself as a coach and provide a better, more knowledgeable experience for members.
Tolga got into the insurance business out of college and became quickly burnt out. “I had been CrossFitting for about a year at the time and decided that if I was going to jump ship and try this coaching thing, now was the time!” he says. “I had some experience teaching Jiu-Jitsu in college, so I took the dive, and four years later I’m still doing what I love!”
His favorite quote is “Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.” – Theodore Roosevelt
Coach Jason Sendlewski loves to see his members push themselves further than they ever thought possible and motivate fellow athletes to do the same thing. “I was instantly hooked on CrossFit once I started and loved the challenges that it created,” he says. “I knew I wanted to get certified to coach. I landed at CrossFit Eternal Davidson because of a job change and expressed interest to owner Nate about becoming a coach. The rest, I guess, is history.”
In addition to CrossFit, Jason is passionate about Spartan races. He runs an average of three Spartan races a year and plans to run more as his schedule permits. His favorite quote is “It never gets easier, you just get better.”
Coach Kim McDonald is passionate about life and making each day both memorable and progressive! Her favorite part about coaching is the opportunity to talk with members from all walks of life. More specifically, Kim loves to learn what drives each member’s life – whether it’s CrossFit, reading, art, or cats! “Passion is infectious,” she says.
Given Kim’s radiant positivity and kindness, you may be surprised to learn about some of the struggles she has endured in her life. After she had a baby, she dealt with post-partum depression and anxiety. As a new stay-at-home, she was driven by the question, “How can I make her proud?” Ultimately, this question led Kim to CrossFit.
“During this time, CrossFit changed the way I looked at things in my life. It gave me a different sense of self-worth and humbleness. It changed the way I looked and treated myself. On the really rough days, it helped to show me that I am worth it. On my good days, it reminded me that progress, whether small or large, is success but it’s never ending,” she says.
In addition, Kim is no stranger to teaching! Prior to coaching, she taught Health Science to middle and high school students. She also coached middle and high school sports. When she became a coach at CrossFit Eternal Davidson, Kim was able to combine her love of fitness and teaching!
As a CrossFit Coach, Kim’s biggest hope is to spark that fire in the lives of others.